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The fashion and technology spheres were abuzz when Dita Von Teese wore the first fully articulated, 3D printed gown at New York's Ace Hotel in early March. The technology, once primarily used to create prototypes in the engineering industry, is now being used to create fashion. The result? Stunning. 

By Alexandra Sarabia

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Alexandra Sarabia

New York City United States
http://www.alexandrasarabia.com

With a Bachelor's degree in Biology, Alexandra Sarabia accidentally ventured into fashion when she took a summer class at the Fashion Institute of Technology on Ethical Fashion. She hasn't looked back since. She couldn't ignore her science background, however, and pursued fields that combined the two, including sustainable and technologically innovative design. She is also interested in writing meaningful, quality stories in the world of fashion, beauty and health. She is currently a freelance writer and works for NYC-based innovative knitwear label, KOTOBA. Follow her stream of consciousness on Twitter: @acsarabia.

"Video is the future of the Internet," exclaimed prominent and versatile street style photographer, Garance Doré. But has the democratic nature of fashion videos inadvertently made runway shows obsolete? Alexandra Sarabia wonders about the place of the runway show in the digital age.

Every two years, the Venice Biennale becomes the epicentre for contemporary artists, collectors, critics and enthusiasts. This year's theme, "The Encyclopedic Palace," is an ambitious pedagogical collection of works by both distinguished and lesser-known, self-taught artists.

When it comes to superheroes and their powers, it's impossible to understate the importance of their uniforms. As innovators gathered for a panel at the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in New York City, Alexandra Sarabia witnessed functional textile design come to life.

Tired of the fast fashion industry, former high school classmates Maxine Bédat and Soraya Darabi have created Zady, an e-commerce concept based on sustainability and transparency. It was recently named one of The World's 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail (2014) by Fast Company. The Genteel sat down with the founders for this week's 5x5 to find out more.

New York City's deteriorating manufacturing infrastructure has made it difficult in recent times for an emerging designer to produce a line locally and cost-effectively. But fashion incubators, such as Manufacture New York, aim to help those designers by offering the mentoring and resources needed to sustain their businesses during the current economic climate.

Social media has become a significant part of business marketing strategy, and with the launch of Vine in February 2012 and video for Instagram this past June, short-form videos are beginning to factor in.

Each fashion season the overwhelming number of designers and a crammed schedule of presentations calls for an unforgettable show to set you apart from the crowd.

Project 2x1 is a short documentary about the culturally diverse Crown Heights, Brooklyn neighbourhood and the stories of the people living there today. Alexandra Sarabia spoke to one of the core founders to learn more about the team's primary use of Google Glass and how the local community has responded to the documentary.

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